Christ My Song - 1927
Had David done as Saul advised
(Thomas Kelly/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
Had David done as Saul advised.
"And David put them off him." (1 Samuel 17,39)
2. So we, when called to meet the foe,
all human counsel must refuse;
for man, though wise, can never know
what arms we need, and ought to use.
3. Yet are we apt, too apt to try
what arms supplied by man can do;
but soon we throw such armour by,
as useless, and as cumbrous too.
4. We learn to go as David went,
confiding in the Lord of Hosts:
a pebble and a sling, when sent
by him, will silence hostile boasts.
5. They who in Israel's God confide
may boldly venture to the field;
the feeblest arms by him supplied
are better than the sword and shield.
Thomas Kelly, Hymns on various passages of Scripture, ca. 1853, Hymn 248.